“Lobby” and “lobbying” refer to any communication with an official of the executive or legislative branch of state government for the ultimate purpose of influencing any executive, legislative, or administrative action.
“Influencing” means any communication, action, reportable expenditure as prescribed in Section 6 or other means used to promote, support, affect, modify, oppose or delay any executive, legislative or administrative action or to promote goodwill with officials.
Illinois law requires any individual who, for compensation or otherwise, undertakes to lobby, or any person or entity who employs or compensates another person for lobbying, to register annually, on or before January 31st, with the Secretary of State electronically at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/lobbyist/lobintro.html. The registration fee is $300. All lobbying entities must also submit bi-monthly expenditure reports.